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State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

July 16, 2014 by

State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

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This story by Jon Cassidy originally appeared at Watchdog.org.

HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly embarked on a project to take the fingerprints of every Texan old enough to drive over the next 12 years, and add them to a statewide criminal history database.

Not only has the department made that momentous decision on its own, it doesn’t even have clear legal authority to do so.

h/t Facebook, personalliberty.com

 

“Project”.  What a benign word describing such activity.

Akin to the NSA “project”, listening to every telephone call, both foreign and domestic, land-line and cellular.

I believed once-upon-a-time that agents of government may have done their jobs as ordered, but at least they had taken an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.  Between these kind of actions, and legislators taking a similar oath and then passing blatantly unconstitutional laws, that perjuring oneself during one’s oath is simply pro-forma for government service.

Because all government is backed by some kind of force.

And all these intrusions at all levels of government need to stop.

NOW.

AND, be reversed!

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Do They Have A Fourth-Of-July In England?

Of course they do, you nit, it’s just not INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Here, we celebrate our freedom from government-imposed tyranny!

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courtesy of Theo Spark

…or perhaps not.

(In addition to the constant video and audio surveillance, warrantless searches, police overreaching, Internet spying, illegal detentions, eminent domain theft, inability to defend ourselves, welfare statism, forced unionization, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.)

REGARDLESS, HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY!  I plan to read the Declaration of Independence aloud today, in it’s entirety, before doing so is also banned! – Guffaw

Sometimes, Justice Prevails!

(Courtesy of Irish)

Woman charged with wiretapping for filming cops wins $57,000 payout

 As long as you don’t interfere with them doing their job it should be legal. Videotaping would
help keep everyone in line.

A local New Hampshire police department agreed Thursday to pay a woman who was arrested and charged with wiretapping $57,000 to settle her civil rights lawsuit. The deal comes a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the public has a “First Amendment” right to film cops.
The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming her friend being pulled over by the Weare Police Department during a late-night traffic stop. Although Gericke was never brought to trial, she sued, alleging that her arrest constituted retaliatory prosecution in breach of her constitutional rights. The department, without admitting wrongdoing, settled Thursday in a move that the woman’s attorney speculated would deter future police “retaliation.”

MORE HERE

There is that part mentioned without admitting wrongdoing which does disturb me, however…

The Greatness of Presidents

How DOES one measure a President’s greatness?  Can we really compare John Adams to Millard Fillmore?  Is it holding to the Constitutional base?  Preserving the Union through extra-legal means?  Being a good guy?

I remember as a kid being taught Washington was great because he was offered kingship and declined.  And he was a great general who never told a lie.  Of course, he wasn’t so great during the French and Indian War, and the whole Whiskey Rebellion thing.

Jefferson.  One of my heroes.  Governmental minimalist.  Except, he too, took the reins and expanded governmental power.  And, he was a nasty slave owner, like Washington.  Of course, he did draft the 3/5 compromise, setting the stage for eventual emancipation of the slaves.

Lincoln.  Preserved the Union!  Through extra-legal means like suspending Habeus Corpus.  Massacred Indians.  Freed slaves in States over which he had no control.

Theodore Roosevelt.  Rough Rider.  Trust Buster.  Progressive.  Racist.

Franklin Roosevelt, his second cousin.  Kept us in the Great Depression much longer than the rest of the World.  Another Progressive.  Locked up the Nisei.  Military tribunals for combatants and civilians.  Was elected FOUR times!

JFK.  Didn’t duck.  Daddy bought him the White House by dealing with Sam Giancana.  Had style.  Charisma.

Reagan.  Likable.  Snowed the Soviets into disbanding and taking down the wall.  High taxes.  Central American underground war stuff.

G.W. Bush.  Also likeable.  Kept us ‘safe’ after 911 with the War in Afghanistan and The PATRIOT Act.

You notice certain names are conspicuous by their absence…?

So what do YOU think?

Am I PARANOID, Or WHAT?

My lovely sister sent out a group email recently, touting an interview she saw with a medical doctor.  In the interview, he lauds the growth of cellular telephone technology as it relates to medicine.

Some pretty remarkable stuff, too!  The interview is a few minutes.  Watch:

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However two things occurred to me.  One.  THIS is the sawbones that got the ball rolling on the VIOXX ban – a medication which was working well for me, but was banned by the government three weeks after it was prescribed for me!

Two.  Many of the methods he uses with his IPhone sound WONDERFUL!  Resulting in less expensive, more correct diagnoses, better, closer doctor/patient relationships.

So, what’s my problem?

WHO has been wholesale hacking cell phones and their data?

There seems to be a big push to make mental health medical records available with regard to government ‘permission’ to exercise one’s Second Amendment rights.  Do you really trust the same government who has been surveilling you, your cell phone habits, your computer use, your telephone calls, Email and snail mail etc., to have access to your private medical records – now made more efficient via new technology – and either share it illegally OR perhaps alter it enough to magically change you into a prohibited possessor?

From the same folks who determined if you are a veteran, and your wife does the finances you are incompetent and must give up gun ownership…

Seriously?

Government ‘Help’, Yet, Again

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According to new reports, the NSA may be intercepting electronics, including laptops and computers purchased online, to install spyware and other malware before the devices are delivered.

A new report from Der Spiegel about the National Security Agency’s top team of hackers says that the agency is intercepting electronics purchased online to install malware and spyware on them before final delivery to the consumer.

I almost put my ironic Captain Renault ‘Shocked’ logo here, but, its becoming both sad and redundant.

Who’s watching the watchers, when they are watching us?  And WHY are they watching us?

The saddest part of this post is I’m no longer shocked, or fearful.  I’m just disappointed and angry. – Guffaw

h/t Preserve Freedom

A Change in the FBI’s Mission

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Excerpted from Foreign Policy: The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security” as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.

“What happened in the last year that changed?” asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.

Visit Pat Dollard to see the entire story.

And from the same government that brought you the above…

ATF Falsifies Gun-Tracking Data to Mislead Public

Just When You Though It Was Safe (Redux)

…ANYWHERE!  To make a call, or…

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NSA can hack WiFi devices from eight miles away (video)

How The NSA Hacks Your iPhone (Presenting DROPOUT JEEP)

It’s getting so a guy can’t make a private telephone call, anymore!  ANYWHERE!  OR…

I used to LIKE United States Intelligence.  You remember, the guys on our side who struggled to get information from the guys on their side to keep us safe?  J. Edgar Hoover, Allen Dulles, Some Anonymous NSA Generals…

Except, they found out it was easier to spy on us to keep us “safe” than to spy on the other guys!

Of course, finding where Bin Laden was or info on the Arab terrorists who bombed us mostly didn’t require them spying on us.  Or so we thought.

And then there’s always…

The NSA Is Watching You Masturbate Right Now

Wanna get off the grid?  Right now?

I do…

Even if I’m just making a call.

h/t SMBC, Zerohedge, Engadget

Happy New Year! – President Signs NDAA 2014! We Continue To Get…

(insert euphemism for sexual insertion HERE)…and without having ever been kissed!

The House and Senate quietly passed it AGAIN, then The President signed it, AGAIN!

Not only is Gitmo not closed, but indefinite detention of American Citizens for ‘National Security’ purposes continues to be authorized!

AND…

The 2014 NDAA also includes a new provision that appears to bolster the national security surveillance state. Section 1071(a) authorizes the Defense Department to “establish a center to be known as the ‘Conflict Records Research Center’.” Using the dangerously broad terms now typical of national security policy parlance, the Conflict Records Research Center enables the DoD to compile a “digital research database including translations and to facilitate research and analysis of records captured from countries, organizations, and individuals, now or once hostile to the United States.” Who gets to be a surveillance target — the specific remit of “now or once hostile” — is troublingly ill-defined and unrestricted.

Quelle surprise.

h/t Sipsey Street Irregulars, Salon

“Der Speichel, Bitte!”

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…and MORE!

Remember “Papiere, bitte!”, the “Papers, please!”, ‘lauded’ in song and story?

Well, the government has taken it to the next level.  Your spit and blood!

“Der Speichel, Bitte!  (Your Spit, Please!)

From an email I received:

Dear (Guffaw),

Drivers in at least 60 U.S. communities have been pulled over at checkpoints and coerced into providing saliva swabs and blood samples.

The controversial program started in Fort Worth, Texas, and was first reported in November 2013. It has now been rolled out to towns and cities across the country, most recently in Reading, Pennsylvania.

While it appears that the traffic stops are being conducted by local police, they are actually conducted by armed federal government contractors as part of a research program for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

And while the NHTSA claims the stops are completely voluntary, in practice they are not. As Kristin Tate reports…

>> Read more about the new Fourth Amendment violations here <<

Don’t be scared. Be prepared.

Regardless of the tone of this letter, I AM scared.  And ANGRY!

HOW DARE THEY!

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